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Monty Oum Has Passed Away

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

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33-year-old CG animator Monty Oum, creator of the RWBY web-animation series, passed away yesterday afternoon at 4:34 PM. Ten days ago Monty suffered a severe allergic reaction during a simple medical procedure that left him in a coma. Monty is survived by his wife Sheena, his father Mony, his brothers Woody, Sey, Chivy and Neat, and his sisters Thea and Theary, as well as a countless number of fans and friends.

AnimeNation extends our sincere condolences.

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Asking Fans to Cover the Cost of Publishing Alabaster

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Publish Osamu Tezuka's Alabaster

Digital Manga just launched its new Kickstarter campaign seeking 29K to translate & publish the two-volume Tezuka manga mini-series Alabaster. I have a tough time envisioning how licensing, translating, and publishing only two books can possibly cost $29,200. It’s significantly more than the Kickstarter amounts required to publish DMP’s previous two-volume Tezuka manga titles Ludwig B, Captain Ken, and Triton. Furthermore, I’m even more reluctant to contribute to such a substantial publication cost when the initial supporters actually pay 38% more than full SRP to acquire print copies of the two books, and then, after initial supporters have shouldered the entire cost of getting the books to market, DMP can proceed to collect profit from the ongoing sales of the books. Part of me wants to say, “Approach the publishing effort the way any traditional publisher would. Fund it yourself, and I’ll buy it when you release it.” Then again, likely the only way this manga is ever going to see official English language publication is if obsessive fans aggressively volunteer to pay more than cover price to get these two books printed.

I’ve contributed healthily to DMP’s Triton, Unico, Atomcat, and Captain Ken publishing drives. Since Alabaster is a title that I’m actually interested in, I may decide to allow my enthusiasm to overrule my rational skepticism and contribute toward this project too.

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Under the Dog Gets Unleashed

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Creative Intelligence Arts (CIA) CEO and founder Hiroaki Yura has announced that his company is recusing itself from involvement in the production of the Under the Dog OVA. CIA and animation studio Kinema Citrus jointly conceived the project and launched its 2014 Kickstarter campaign that became Kickstarter’s most successful crowd-funded animation project ever. Yura has announced that the continued development of the original anime OVA will henceforth be handled exclusively by Kinema Citrus with Kouji Morimoto brought on board to produce the project. Morimoto, not to be confused with Studio 4°C co-founder, has produced sci-fi/action anime including Avenger (2003), .hack//Roots (2006), and CANAAN (2009).

According to Hiroaki Yura, “In order to comply with certain requests from members of the UTD creative team, and to deliver an unhindered product to our backers, CIA is hereby removing itself from the UTD project… It is a testament to the enthusiasm the UTD team has that they wished to take over the production and directly handle it themselves.”

I respect and applaud the announcement because it represents an inexperienced producer stepping back, out of the way, handing over creative control directly to the animators who are making the OVA. The transfer shifts creative control from from CIA, which has no experience in anime production, to studio Kinema Citrus, which has successfully produced anime including Code:Breaker (2012), Yuyushiki (2013), Black Bullet (2014), and Barakamon (2014). My expectation is that fewer cooks in the kitchen, and putting the development directly into the hands of experienced artists, will result in a stronger, less adulterated product.

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Ask John: What Were the Most & Least Interesting Anime of 2014?

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

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Over the past ten years I’ve annually compiled a list of the annual new anime TV and web anime productions that I considered the finest of the year. Regrettably, I’m unable to do the exact same thing this year because I don’t feel knowledgable enough about some of the year’s most popular titles to critique them. So rather than compile a “best of” list, I’ll provide a list of the year’s most interesting new anime, along with my picks for worst new anime of 2014.

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Reboot or Rewriting Yatterman History?

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

On the heels of the success of Tatsunoko’s reboot of its 1972 Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman franchise as Gatchaman Crowds, the studio is evidently now producing a reboot of its 1977 Yatterman franchise as “Yoru no Yatterman.” Criticizing the show before it airs may be unfair, and I’ll concede that I don’t know yet exactly how the reboot will develop. But the advance promotion bothers me a bit because it feels like an attempt to whitewash and rewrite the established Yatterman concept and history. Gatchaman Crowds certainly rewrote continuity, but at least it remained faithful to the core concept and thematic focus of the Gatchaman franchise. I’m not certain that Yoru no Yatterman is doing the same.

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Ninja Slay Me

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Don’t know what the hell studio Trigger is trying to do with the Ninja Slayer anime. The trailer suggests that the studio is trying to adapt the novels as a bad retro action anime. The logo at 3 seconds in is reminiscent of anime like Microman and even Aku Daisakusen Srungle. The two halves of the mask that slide into frame at 12 seconds, the purple-haired gal at 29 seconds – her exceptionally angled face and uneven hair, even the 4:3 framing and the coloring all shout “80s anime.” It’s like deliberate throwback to anime like Tobikage and Ninja Ryukenden, but, for God knows why, the animation is stiffly mechanical and the color exaggerated in a way that suggests that Trigger is trying to create Shockwave Flash animation without actually using Flash. Perhaps the studio realizes that the novels are kind of trashy and are trying to evoke the same sort of ridiculous vibe with the animation.

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Swang Song to my Spares

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

I’ve been swamped this month; unusually busy, so my apologies for the lack of updates.

Unexpectedly, a friend offered me nearly $4,000 for practically all of the duplicates from my anime collection. I’m pained to see any of my beloved collection go, but when even my spare copies have spare copies, I suppose it’s best for everybody if I finally relocate some of them to new homes.

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Good Lord! I actually have a collection copy and five spare copies of the Megazone 23 graffiti album mook!

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Sword Gai TV Anime Announced

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

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Shogakuan has revealed word that Flash anime studio DLE is developing an anime TV series based on writer Toshiki Inoue & illustrator Osamu Kine’s dark fantasy/action manga series Swordgai. The manga revolves around a swordsman whose artificial right arm is composed of a demonic sword. The anime is tentatively scheduled for a spring 2016 premiere.

Studio Digital Frontier produced a short CG Swordgai promotional video last year:

Source: Anime News Network

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Doamaiger D Retro Mecha Anime Announced

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

The TV Kanagawa (tvk) and KBS Kyoto television networks have announced the development of a retro mecha anime titled Doamaiger D. The show about a traditional Japanese candy-maker who pilots a giant robot to defend Kyoto against attacks by “mechkaiju” mechanical giant monsters will premiere next spring.

Source: Anime News Network

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Hozuki no Reitetsu OAD Series Trailer Released

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

The homepage for the Hozuki no Reitetsu anime franchise has added a trailer for its upcoming OAD series. The Wit Studio staff that produced this year’s TV series will reunite to produce new OAD episodes that will be included in limited edition copies of the 17th, 18th, and 19th collected volumes of Natsumi Eguchi’s comedy manga released on February 23, May 22, and August 21, 2015. The first OAD will get a limited theatrical premiere in 11 Japanese theaters nationwide in December.

Source: Anime News Network

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New To Love-Ru Darkness OAD Scheduled

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

To Love-ru Darkness OAD 5 announcement

The 13th collected volume of Kentaro Yabuki and Saki Hasemi’s To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness manga series will be released next year with a limited edition OAD. Publisher Shueisha has announced that the number of book & DVD combinations printed will be limited to pre-order amount only. The 5th, 8th and 9th volumes of the manga have been released with limited edition OADs. The 12th volume scheduled for release on December 4 will also include an exclusive OAD.

Source: Anime News Network

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Nisekoi Second Season Announced

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Nisekoi S2 announcement

The advertising obi found on new copies of the 14th collected volume of Naoshi Komi’s comedy manga Nisekoi states that the franchise will get a second anime TV series. The romantic comedy manga premiered in 2011 and got a 20-episode TV series earlier this year. The 14th & 16th volumes of the manga will be released with new OADs produced by the TV series staff.

Source: Anime News Network

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Production I.G Releases Garm Wars Trailer

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Production I.G has released the first trailer for creator/director Mamoru Oshii’s first fully English-language motion picture, Garm Wars: The Last Druid. The sci-fi/fantasy action film was first announced in 2012. Oshii co-wrote the picture with American screenwriter Geoffrey Gunn based on a concept that Oshii created in late 1995. The movie stars Mélanie St-Pierre & Lance Henriksen and will have its world premiere on the 25th at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

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Takashi Murakami Produces Pharrell Williams Music Video

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Pop vocalist Pharrell Williams’ latest single “It Girl” features an anime music video animated by “Superflat” contemporary artist Takashi Murakami’s art studio Kaikai Kiki. Kaibutsu Oujo, Psycho-Pass, and Sekirei episode animation director Sorato Shimizu provided the character designs for the video directed by fantasista utamaro and Mr. and produced by Takashi Murakami.

Source: Anime News Network

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Pony Canyon to Begin American Distribution

Friday, September 26th, 2014

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Japanese entertainment producer & distributor Pony Canyon has launched an English language website and confirmed plans to self-publish anime DVD/BD releases for the American market. Pony Canyon is also promoting its upcoming Denki-gai no Honya-san and Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru television anime series, both of which will simulcast on Crunchyroll starting next month.

Source: Anime News Network

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